12 May 2012
12 May 2012
RheTech has been named a winner of the Michigan Green Leaders Award, Medium-Sized Business category, by the Detroit Free Press.
RheTech say they were recognised for developing a line of sustainable bio-composite material for use in the automotive, consumer and construction markets. Called RheVision, the bio-composites include wood, rice hulls, flax, agave and coconut fibre reinforced polyolefins that they claim are helping meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly materials that achieve the performance characteristics required by its customers.
“We are very excited to have won this prestigious award,” said Jim Preston, Vice President, Business Development. “We have long been strong proponents of the need for sustainable raw materials and have developed the RheVision line specifically to address this. We are creating a market of natural bio-fibre thermoplastics and we’re doing this by replacing non-renewable mineral reinforcements and fibreglass with renewable reinforcements. We are doing this while providing similar cost benefits and often better performance characteristics that our customers require. All our RheVision products use true waste material that is traditionally burned or buried to create these unique bio-composites.
One of the judges for the Green Leaders Award commented on RheTech’s RheVision product line “The first ‘R’ of waste management is ‘reduce,’ and this is the great strength of RheTech…This means less goes into landfills. What a great idea!”
RheVision bio-fibres are offered in a variety of formulations that contain anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent reinforcement content in a variety of polyolefins, which include post-consumer scrap.
“The RheVision line provides a greener footprint in terms of the energy required to process it and is available in sufficient enough quantity to validate the business case for committing to its manufacture,” said Preston.
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